Lord God, I cannot imagine how painful it must have been for David to be betrayed by his own son, and to see him steal the hearts of the men of Israel. His entire life was thrown into complete chaos by someone close to him. We see how he left Jerusalem weeping, with his head covered. Lord, I pray today for myself and for ______________________ . There will be times in our lives where we will feel sold out and undercut and betrayed by people close to us, people we thought we could trust, people we've even helped in the past. It is my prayer in those times that you bring alongside us faithful friends who will stick with us through times of misfortune, and won't abandon us because we have suddenly lost favor with important people. May we all also choose to be that kind of friend, the kind of friend that Ittai was to David, when he said, "Wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be." And Ziba too must have been a great encouragement to David when he met him to refresh him, his family, and his men instead of looking for some personal gain in David's troubles. May we all be loyal, faithful friends no matter what the cost, especially to good men who are in positions of leadership. We see too how unfair and unjust Shimei's criticism was of David, who had done everything in his power to keep the blood of Saul's line from being spilled by his own hand. And yet David showed great self-restraint in the face of his taunting. I pray that all of us will learn to let you defend our reputation when we have been unjustly accused, to believe that our reputations are safe with you, and to realize that we do not have to take the defense of our name into our own hands. I pray that you will see us in our distress and repay us with good for any cursing we may have received from those who have hated us without cause. This I pray in Jesus' name, amen.